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March 8, 2013
A Courageous Battle with Cancer
Deborah Karen Greenwood was born and grew up on a farm in Wilkes County and some of her earliest memories included priming tobacco on the farm with her brother Reggie. She grew up on the farm which her Grandfather Wagoner purchased in 1916. Although she so desired to live in a place with white sand and crystal blue water, she knew that her home was on the farm, and she stayed there until her health would not allow her to stay any longer. Karen was blessed with the constant caring and support of her friends and neighbors during her illness, particularly Missy Holloway, Betty Holloway and Sandra Walker.
She retired from Wilkes County Schools where she spent her entire career pulling out the best in her students she so dearly loved. It was her innermost pleasure to give them the knowledge they needed to succeed in this world.
She was an independent free spirit who delighted in many journeys, from reading a good book, to a road trip wherever the dart landed on the map, to a jaunt across the water to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. She seized every opportunity to pour through different cultures and gain knowledge of every aspect of life this world had to offer. Her unique demeanor was to be held reverent. Very slow to share herself with many, and those of us she chose to share herself with, were blessed in a way that can never be repeated. She was an education in herself and you could never predict what the next lesson would be.
So as we live we also shall pass, through the portals where the streets are gold, and there is bound to be many flowers along the way. She goes back to God and to the heavens, and you just never know when she’ll peep down and shed another blessing on those of us left behind.
She leaves us to cherish her memory.
· Son, Kirk Monday and wife Hesta, grandchildren Andrew and Emma Kate of Raleigh, NC
· Brother, Reggie Greenwood and wife Jacquelyn Bonavia, niece Allison, of Flossmoor, IL
Preceded in death by
· Parents Hugh and Pauline Greenwood
· Her loving grandfather Haywood Wagoner and wife Emma
· Grandfather John Greenwood and wife Grace
· Grandfather Banner Greenwood and wife Reba
She truly appreciated all of the calls, visits, cards, food, flowers, prayers, and Facebook conversations over the last 5 years during her illness, which she faced with grace and dignity. God speed our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Journey on, somewhere over the rainbow.
A celebration of Karen’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11am at First Baptist Church in Elkin, NC. Memorials can be made to the V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary, NC or the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, NC.